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5 Minute Devotional: Solomon Asked for Wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15)

Jared KennedyComment

Dear Parents, This week we pick up our journey through the big story of the Bible with God inviting King Solomon, David’s son, to ask Him for whatever he wanted. Solomon could have chosen riches, or power, but he did not. He asked God for wisdom so he could lead God’s people well. God was pleased with Solomon’s request and granted it and also blessed Solomon in other ways.   

(3 minutes) READ 1 Kings 3:1-15

Solomon was a wise king, but God planned to give His people a greater and wiser king—His Son, Jesus. Jesus completely trusted God with His life. Jesus surrendered His own life to die on the cross for our sin. Help your kids understand that true wisdom comes from God. Encourage them that reading the Bible and talking with God are ways they can understand God better and live with wisdom.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Where does wisdom come from? Wisdom comes from God through His Word.

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: Where do we learn to love, trust, and obey God? In the Bible.

Memory Verse: Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; for his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for giving wisdom to everyone who asks. 

5 Minute Devotional: David Sinned and Was Restored (2 Samuel 11:1-12:14)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week we learned about God’s unending forgiveness that David experienced and we can too because of Jesus. David sinned against God by taking Bathsheba away from Uriah and having Uriah killed in combat, but when God sent Nathan to confront him about his sin, David repented and God forgave him. David’s sin came with a price though, as sin always does.

(3 minutes) READ Psalm 51

Help your kids understand that sin is serious and that God has not promised to spare us from its consequences. At the same time, point out the love, mercy, and grace of God that we experience because of Jesus and how in Jesus we have been completely forgiven of all our sin.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: What is the gospel of the kingdom? The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

Memory Verse: Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for forgiving our sins.

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

5 Minute Devotional: God Made a Covenant with David (2 Samuel 7)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

We continue the big story of the Bible this week with David recognizing that he was living in a wood-paneled palace while the ark was still in a tent. David wanted to build a temple for God, but God did not want David to build it. Instead, God told David that his son would build the temple. He made a covenant with David and promised that every future king of Israel would come from David’s family. God kept His promise by sending His Son, Jesus, to be one of David’s descendants. Jesus is our King who will never die; He will rule over God’s people forever.

(3 minutes) READ 2 Samuel 7

Help your kids see that God’s promise to David to provide Jesus can be traced all the way back to God’s promise to Adam and Eve and Abraham in Genesis. Remind them that God had promised from the beginning that He was going to provide a Rescuer to break the power of sin and death and that the Rescuer is Jesus.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: What is the gospel of the kingdom? The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

Memory Verse: Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank God for keeping his promise by sending Jesus.

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

5 Minute Devotional: David and Jonathan Became Friends (1 Samuel 20:1-42)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week we continued to trace David’s rise to replace Saul as king. David’s victory over Goliath brought David great fame and adoration in Israel. Saul had brought David into his court, but in time, Saul became intensely jealous of David and even tried to kill him. Meanwhile, David and Saul’s son Jonathan became true friends. Even though Jonathan was next in line to be king after Saul, he recognized and accepted that God had chosen David instead. David and Jonathan’s friendship points to an even greater friendship—our friendship with Jesus. Jesus calls us friends (John 15:15), and he showed His love by dying to save us from sin.

(3 minutes) READ 1 Samuel 20:1-42

Help your kids see Jesus is our King and He is our friend also.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: What is the gospel of the kingdom? The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

Memory Verse: Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank Jesus for being a true friend.

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

5 Minute Devotional: David Fought Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

As we continue our journey through the big story of the Bible this week, we come to God raising up David to replace Saul as king. David didn’t look like a strong warrior and seemed to be no match for the Philistine champion. But God gave David power and he defeated Goliath. God used this victory to position David as the next king and also to show us a picture of Jesus. When Jesus came to earth, He didn’t look like a strong warrior either. But Jesus showed His power when He died on the cross and rose again to defeat death.

(3 minutes) READ 1 Samuel 17

Help your kids see the connection between David and Jesus. Talk about how God defeated Israel’s enemy of Goliath and our greater enemy of sin and death. Guide your kids to see that David doesn’t primarily teach us to be brave, but to trust in Jesus instead.

(1 minute) REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.

Sojourn Kids North Star Catechism: What is the gospel of the kingdom? The good news that we can have life with God under the rule of God.

Memory Verse: Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.

(1 minute) PRAY and thank Jesus for defeating our great enemies—Satan, sin, and death.

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.